Species

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The sapient species of Urth are:

  • Aurians
  • Dwarves
  • Elves
  • Felines
  • Humans
  • Lupines
  • Lutrynes
  • Nekomimi
  • Vulpines

Humanoid

Humanoids are beings with human form or characteristics. Beings classified under this term possess similar general bone structure with one another, differing almost exclusively by minor external features.

Humans

Humans are by far the most populous species on Urth, as well as the most widely distributed. Humans reside on every continent on Urth except Sempiterna and can live in almost any biome. Humans are believed to have originally evolved in Arcturia, but had spread to all continents on the planet before the advent of written history. Humans exhibit a wide variety of skin pigmentation, hair texture, hair color, eye color, and other physical features. Skin pigmentation is primarily a factor of exposure to the Sun. Humans typically live between 60 and 90 years long, and average just under six feet tall for all genders.

Elves

Vana Dandreal, a Tavari elven woman. Pictured here at age 70, she is approximately as far into her life expectancy as would be a 56-year old human woman.

Elves are humanoids that are believed to share the most recent common ancestor with humans of any sapient species on Urth, and appear largely identical to humans except for their characteristic pointed ears. Elves are also taller on average than humans, and while elves across Urth exhibit large variation in lifespans, a key identifier of elves is their longer natural life span than humans. Tavari elves, on the lower end of the spectrum, tend to live an average of 100 years. On the other end of the spectrum, Usprian elves can expect to live 200 years or more. Like humans, elves exist on all continents except for Sempiterna, and they demonstrate variety in external features like skin pigmentation or hair color. Elves are believed to have originally evolved in central or western Yasteria.

Gondwanan Elves

While the migration of Tavari elves to the region of northwest Gondwana is dated approximately to the first century CE, it is largely believed that at the time of their arrival, there were already elves present in the region from previous migrations. While Tavari folklore tells of migration from Yasteria across the sea and then across northern Gondwana by land along the Danvreas Range, it remains a subject of debate how the previous populations of elves reached the continent, or when.

Usprian Elves

Usprian elves, native to regions of Aurora that are today part of South Staynes, Rosalica, and Valerica, are largely similar in physical features to other groups of elves, but have vastly extended lifespans. The average lifespan is around 200 with the longest recorded lifespan being with (enter name here) who lived to the age of 243 from 1775 to 2018. Gene mutations linked to DNA repair that increased resistance to aging and cancer as being responsible for Usprian elves longer lifespans. Reproduction also occurs at a remarkably slow pace with couples only able to have children every 60 to 70 years, allowing for couples to have at most two children, rarely three. Usprian elves, along with Z'rei elves, have tetrachromatic vision which gives them a greater depth of color perception and at times allows their vision to dip into the ultraviolet range. Although they have the ability of long life, Usprian elves are also considered to be less durable physically compared to other species of Urth. Usprian elves tend to be more prone to physical injuries and at times more vulnerable to diseases and illnesses. Along with their slow reproduction and rapid reduction in population following the conquering of Valeria by the Kingdom of Staynes in the 13th century, a significantly small population of Usprian elves now make up a portion of the remaining indigenous groups of elves on Aurora.

Z'rei Elves

Z'rei elves, native to Borea, exhibit skin pigmentation that is literally black, and often hair that is white.

Dwarves

Dwarves are humanoids with short stature thought to be originated from central Novaris. Averaging a height of four feet, dwarves are shorter than most species on Urth due to their curved spine. Their limbs, compared to other humanoids, are shorter. The same can be observed with their fingers. Their knees and elbows more constrictive, resulting in poorly mobile elbows and bowed legs. Their heads are larger, displaying a larger and higher forehead and flatter nose bridge. Regardless of sex, facial hair grow more rapidly with some dwarven men regrowing shaved beards just under a few days. Despite their stature, dwarves are naturally stronger than their fellow humanoids. Dwarves are able to lift thrice their weight even without exercise. Along with this, dwarves are armed with incredibly long memory.

Nekomimi

Nekomimi are humanoids that feature triangular ears at the top of their heads, similar in shape and expressional ability to those of domestic cats. These are in addition to ears on the sides of their head that are identical to those of humans. They also have cat-like tails. Their cat-like features are an example of convergent evolution, as nekomimi are offshoots of a recent common ancestor with humans and not genetically related to Felines. They are believed to have originally evolved in the islands far to the east of Novaris after a period of isolation from other populations, in particular the island that is today 1 Infinite Loop. Nekomimi populations are known to have migrated to South East Yasteria in antiquity, and today are found elsewhere in generally small, scattered populations on every inhabited continent.

Anthropomorphs

Anthropomorphs are beings that portray anthropomorphic traits while retaining human form.

Aurians

Felines

Lupines

Lutrynes

Lutryne athlete Rulu Rytnu.

Lutrynes are a species of anthropomorphic humanoids with many recognizable otter-like features and characteristics. Larger than their more primitive counterparts, lutrynes in general have similar fur markings, with brown, black, and white patterns being the most prominent. Their bodies consist of a larger brain capable of more precise and faster execution, when compared to their quadripedal counterpart. The lutryne body is considered rather thin and sleek, a result of their aquatic-based ancestry. Most lutrynes inhabit the region of southwest Gondwana or areas in proximity, such as the island chain of Lapimuhyo between Gondwana and Aurora. Lutrynes are believed to have evolved in this region. The race is regarded as generally fast and agile in aquatic environments, with their species typically maintaining a relatively thin layer of fat and a very dense layer of fur. Outside of the water, the lutryne body underperforms, yet still retains its ability to stand upright, walk, and run, among other things. Maintaining an average height of around 5 feet, and weighing in around 120 pounds, Lutrynes are relatively small compared to humans. Lutryne body proportions are almost identical to human proportions by a scale of 3:4. The senses of the species are, for the most part, superior to humans, with the exception being hearing, which was evolutionarily less important than sight and smell.

Vulpines